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FALL 2011

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Note:   This is an organic document!  It will change. 

You are responsible for what is on this page, not a copy you made at the beginning of the semester.

Week 1

Aug 29-Sep 2




Explanation of CPAs


Ex:  p. 572

Read and underline


NOTE:  Read the analyses in your textbook as examples of how to write about music.  Your final paper in this class will be an analysis.


Part I:  Romanticism

The Nineteenth Century:  Revolution and Change

Lightning Talk Questions

  1. Beethoven changed the way we think of composers.  What was the difference?  How do we think of composers today? (2, 8, 16)

  2. Compare the French Revolution to a current event. (6, 10, 17)

  3. Compare the Industrial Revolution to a current event. (4, 13, 19)

  4. 3 theories on what killed Beethoven (1, 11)

  5. Why was Beethoven not as prolific as earlier composers? (5, 9)

  6. How did the French Revolution influence Beethoven? (7, 14, 18)

  7. One main point describing each of Beethoven's 3 periods (3, 12, 15)



Link to Course Outline

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Blackboard setup

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Thu Sept 1

Reading:  Chapter 24 pp. 568-94


CPA:  Lightning Talks  

Using the PowerPoint template, create one slide based upon the question assigned to you.  Follow this link for Lightning Talk instructions

Email your PowerPoint slide to me at by Thursday at noon



Listening (Thurs)  Playlist 24



Beethoven (1798): Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13 (I)

  • Nickname: Sonate Pathètique

  • Form: Sonata Allegro

  • Irregularities: Return of slow introduction at the end of the exposition and recapitulation.

  • Style Period: Early

p. 272


Beethoven (1803): Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 55 (I)

(read analysis on p. 579 - anthropomorphized themes)

  • Nickname: Eroica

  • Why: Meant for Napoleon Bonaparte, rededicated "Heroic Symphony"

  • Form: Sonata Allegro

  • Irregularities: Three dominant key secondary themes in the exposition.

  • Horn entrance with the theme seems early before the recapitulation.

  • Style Period: Middle

p. 282


Beethoven (1826):  String Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 131 (I)

  • Form: Fugue

  • Irregularities: The answer is in the subdominant instead of the dominant

  • Style Period: Late


p. 322


Beethoven's Wig


5th Symphony (Beethoven)

Fur Elise (Beethoven)

Week 2

Sept 5-9


Sept 5

Labor day


The Romantic Generation:  Song and Piano Music


Underline and Write in Your Book



  1. Describe a typical evening of music-making at home for a middle class family in the Romantic period.

  2. Describe a performance before and after Liszt.

  3. Are we still in the Romantic period?

  4. What if they'd had penicillin?


Listening introductions:

According to the number listed to the left of the listening selection, that student will be responsible for introducing the piece.  You have 2-3 minutes to give a brief background.  Be sure to answer the following questions in your intro:

  1. Why is this piece important?

  2. What should we be listening for? (pardon the grammar)


Analysis Guidelines


Question/Answer times dyad sessions




Tues Sept 6

Reading:  Chapter 25 pp. 595-632

CPA:  Underlining and notes in book

According to the example of last week, underline important concepts in the chapter.  Write questions and comments in the margins.  Books will be graded.



Listening Playlist 25


1Schubert (1814) - Gretchen am Spinnradep. 332
2R. Schumann (1840) - Dichterliebe, Op. 48, No. 1p. 347
3Foster (1854) - Jeanie with the Light Brown Hairp. 351
4R. Schumann (1837) - Carnaval, Op. 9, (Eusebius and Florestan)p. 356
5Chopin (1835) - Nocturne  No. 8 in D-flat Major, Op. 27, No. 2p. 368
6Liszt (1849) - Three Concert Studies, No. 3p. 376



Beethoven's Wig


Hungarian Rhapsody #2 (Liszt)

The Merry Peasant (Schumann)

Prelude 7, Op. 28 (Chopin)

Week 3

Sept 12-16


Romanticism in Classic Forms: 

Orchestral, Chamber and Choral Music


Tues Sept 13

Reading:  Chapter 26 pp. 633-60

CPA:  Quiz


Listening Playlist 26

 Berlioz (1830): Symphonie fantastique (V) p. 399
8Mendelssohn (1844): Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64 (III)p. 457
9C. Schumann (1846): Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 17 (III) p. 547

Thurs Sept 15

Deadline for topic approval

Submit your topic title and a brief explanation of your intended analysis in the Blackboard Assignment tab ("Topic") by noon.



Beethoven's Wig


Trout Quintet (Schubert)

Violin Concerto #2 (Paganini)

Wedding March, from A Midsummer Night's Dream (Mendelssohn)


Week 4

Sept 19-23


Romantic Opera and Musical Theater to Midcentury


1-page Draft due



Tues Sept 20

Reading:  Chapter 27 pp. 661-84

CPA: Rap song

  1. Each student will come up with a topic from your reading assignment by Thursday

  2. Thursday during class, each group will vote on one topic (see group list at the end of your Course Outline)

  3. Groups will work during class on Thursday to compose and rehearse your rap song

  4. Songs will be performed for the class on Tues., Sept 27.

Rap Song CPA Group Sheet



Listening Playlist 27  These will be due on Tues Sept 20

10Rossini (1816): Il barbiere di Siviglia, Act I/No. 7p. 583
11Bellini (1831): Norma, Act 1/Scene 4p. 597
12Weber (1821): Der Freischütz, Act II/Finale, Wolf’s Glen Scenep. 662

Sunday Sept 25 (midnight)

Draft 1 is due

This is not a draft of the entire paper, but the first page which should include your introduction and the beginning of your analysis.



Beethoven's Wig

La donne e mobile, from Rigoletto (Verdi)


Week 5

Sept 26-30

Unit 1 Exam Review

Study Guide


Rap song performances


Thurs Sept 29

Unit Exam 1 Review


Week 6

Oct 3-7





Opera and Musical Theater in the Later Nineteenth Century 


Tues Oct 4

Unit Exam 1



Thurs Oct 6

Reading:  Chapter 28 pp. 685-723

CPA: One question (and answer) on each of the blue titles


Listening Playlist 28


Wagner (1859): Tristan und Isolde, Prelude/Conclusion to Act I

p. 710

p. 724


Verdi (1853): La traviata, Act III, Scene and Duet

p. 753


Mussorgsky (1874): Boris Gudunov, Coronation Scene

p. 841


Sullivan (1879): The Pirates of Penzance, Act II, No. 17

p. 882


Week 7

Oct 10-14

Lightning Talk Operas

La traviata (1,2)

Tristan und Isolde (3,4)

The Bartered Bride (5,6)

Boris Gudunov (7,8)

Carmen (9,10)

The Pirates of Penzance (11,12)

Ring cycle (13,14)

La boheme (15,16)

Madama Butterfly (17,18)

Turandot (19)




CPA: Lightning Talks

Opera Synopses

Email to me by Monday midnight (


Found a clip of "That's what you missed on Glee"  Yours can be a bit longer.  You will have 3 minutes!


Please use this pronunciation guide link for correct pronunciation of the opera, the composer, and the characters.  If you can't find it there, look elsewhere.  Don't guess.





Week 8

Oct 17-21


Critique of Draft

Late Romanticism in Germany and Austria


Tues Oct 18:  Critique of draft

  1. Print the copy of your draft with mark-up turned on BEFORE making any corrections (you will need to turn that in with your final paper)

  2. Make the corrections on your draft

  3. Print the corrected copy to turn in on Oct. 18

  4. We will critique the corrected drafts during class on Tuesday


Thur Oct 20

TWYMIMH:  Opera Synopses

  1. Use the same opera as previously assigned,

  2. You may use the same slide or produce a new one if appropriate

  3. Write a synopsis of 250 words only.  You will read the synopsis, but do not use it on your slide.  Your slide should include only graphics and character names.  Do not refer to acts or scenes.  Do not reference non-essential information.

  4. You will have one minute to read your synopsis




Thur Oct 20

Reading:  Chapter 29 pp. 724-49



Listening Playlist 29

17Brahms (1885): Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 98 (IV)p. 903
18Brahms (1864): Quintet for Piano and Strings in F Minor, Op. 34 (I)p. 937
19Strauss (1897): Don Quixote, Op. 35: Themes and Variations 1-2p. 963
1Mahler (1901): Kindertotenlieder, No. 1p. 978

Beethoven's Wig


In the Hall of the Mountain King, from Peer Gynt Suite (Grieg)

Hungarian Dance #5 (Brahms)

Humoresque #7 (Dvorak)


Week 9

Oct 24-28


Diverging Traditions in the Later Nineteenth Century


Tues Oct 25

Reading:  Chapter 30 pp. 750-69

CPA: Dr. D Handout

Write a one-page "handout" for Chapter 30, similar to the example below

Handout example

Students will not be admitted to class without this completed assignment



Listening Playlist 30

2Tchaikovsky (1893): Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74 (III) p. 995
3Dvorak (1878): Slavonic Dances, Op. 46, No. 1p. 1061
5Beach (1897): Piano Quintet in F-sharp Minor, Op. 67 (III)p. 1073

Beethoven's Wig

1812 Overture (Tchaikovsky)


Week 10

Oct 31-Nov 4

Unit 2 Exam

Study Guide

Extra credit if I see you in costume on Monday!!


Tues Nov 1

CPA:  Group Review

Each group will have 15 minutes to present a review session to the class in game form.



Thurs Nov 3

Unit Exam 2


Week 11

Nov 7-11

Part II:  Twentieth-Century Music

The Early Twentieth Century

Lightning Talk Questions

  1. What was different about composers? (2, 8, 16)

  2. What was different about compositional techniques? (6, 10, 17)

  3. What was different about art? (4, 13, 19)

  4. What was different about technology? (1, 11)

  5. What was different about politics? (5, 9)

  6. What was different about audiences? (7, 14, 18)

  7. What was different about performances? (3, 12, 15)


Analysis due

Don't forget to submit through Turnitin before submitting through Blackboard.  See the Analysis Paper link for instructions


Tues Nov 8

Reading:  Chapter 31 pp. 772-809

CPA:  Lightning Talks


Thurs Nov 10

Analysis due 

  • submit through Turnitin by noon Nov. 10 (instructions here)

  • submit in Blackboard under Assignment tab by noon Nov. 10  Name your file yourname_Analysis.docx before submitting

  • bring a hard copy to class



Week 12

Nov 14-18


Modernism and the Classical Tradition

Rap Song Info

Note:  students in class on Thursday counted off 1 through 6 for new groups to write the rap song.  Those who were not there will be assigned to the following groups:

Group 2:  Eric

Group 3:  Jake

Group 4:  Jason

Group 5:  Jay, Jonathan M.


Rap songs will be based on the following composers:

Group 1:  Arnold Schoenberg

Group 2:  Alban Berg

Group 3:  Anton Webern

Group 4:  Igor Stravinsky

Group 5:  Bela Bartok

Group 6:  Charles Ives

Matrix calculator


Tues Nov 15

Reading:  Chapter 32 pp. 810-54

CPA:  Write another rap song!


Listening Playlist 32


Schoenberg (1912): Pierrot Lunaire, Op. 21/8

Pierrot Lunaire, Op. 21/13

p. 50

Stravinsky (1913): The Rite of Spring (Danse Des)

The Rite of Spring (Danse Sacre)

p.99, 118
8Stravinsky (1930): 1`Symphony of Psalms (I)p. 154
9Bartok (1936): Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta (III)p. 175
10Ives (1914): General William Booth Enters into Heavenp. 206

Week 13

Nov 21-25



Between the World Wars:  The Classical Tradition




Tues Nov 22

Reading:  Chapter 34 pp. 877-905

CPA: Dr. D Handout

Students will not be admitted to class without this completed assignment


bulletListening Playlist 34 
11Milhaud (1923): La création du monde, Op. 81a, First tableaup. 281
12Hindemith (1934): Symphony Mathis der Maler (II)p. 294
13Prokofiev (1939): Alexander Nevsky, Op. 78 (IV)p. 303
14Shostakovich (1937): Symphony No. 5, Op. 47 (II) p. 320
15Cowell (1925): The Bansheep. 420
16Copland (1945): Appalachian Spring (excerpts)p. 433
17Still (1930): Afro-American Symphony (I) p. 473

No class on Thursday

Happy Thanksgiving!       


Week 14

Nov 28-Dec 2

Postwar Crosscurrents


How this country's politics affected its music in the 20th Century:

(leaders, political systems, wars, laws)

Britain (3, 12, 15)

Canada (7, 14, 18)

France (5, 9)

Germany( 4, 13, 19)

Poland (1, 11)

Russia (Soviet Union) (6, 10, 17)

United States (2, 8, 16)




Tues Nov 29

Reading:  Chapter 35, pp. 906-56

CPA:  Lightning Talks

bulletListening Playlist 35 
18Messiaen (1941): Quartet for the End of Time (I) p. 506
19Cage (1948): Sonatas and Interludes, Sonata Vp. 539

Berio (1966): Sequenza III for female voice

p. 588

Crumb (1970): Black Angels (a)

Black Angels (b)

p. 596

Penderecki (1960): Threnody:  To the Victims of Hiroshima

p. 621



Adams (1986):  Short Ride in a Fast Machine

p. 733


Zwilich (1982):  Symphony No. 1 (I)

p. 794


Schnittke (1976): Concerto Grosso No. I (II)

p. 857



Week 15

Dec 5-7 (last class day)

Music Since 1970

Exam #3 will be given during the Final Exam period:

Thursday, Dec. 15  11:30am-12:30pm

Study Guide


Those who wish to take a final exam to replace one of their exam grades may take it following Exam 3.


The final exam is optional.  It is also comprehensive.

(70 questions and 20 listening identifications from Chapters 24-36)




Tues Dec 6

Reading:  Chapter 36, pp. 957-86




Tue Dec 6

CPA:  Group Review for Unit 3 Exam

Each group will have 15 minutes to present a review session to the class in game form.  Choose a different game from last time.



Lightning Talks

  • Based on the question(s) or assignment in your Course Outline, create one PowerPoint slide.  The template is linked here.  The slide is not to be read, but to serve as a visual addition to your presentation.  You may use bullets for main points.

  • Email the completed slide to me by the deadline listed in your Course Outline

  • Be prepared to talk about your question or assignment for 2-3 minutes using your slide.  You will be timed and cut off at 3 minutes, so practice your timing. 


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 Group 1Group 2Group 3Group 4Group 5
 14. PJ  7.  Kaitlin5. Jay
 1. Jonathan M2. Jacob12. Michael3. Mary13. Brian
 6. Destin8. Fredy9. Jason10. Jonathan C11. Elyssa
 15. Marcus16. Corey17. Jake18. Tyler19. Eric